Maggie Vaults Over the Moon


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Storybook Maggie Celebrates 7 Years Over the Moon!

Vaulters celebrated with Maggie at the Gold Medal Pole Vault Camp in Andale, Kan., 2013. Youngsters who were teens when the book was published are in their 20s today.

GRAIN VALLEY, Kan. — A lot has happened in the world of pole-vaulting in the past seven years, and storybook heroine Maggie Steele has been there.

Published Oct. 12, 2013, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is a classic story in the pole-vault community.

Published October 12, 2012, the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon celebrates it’s 7th year today. The saga has become the gold-medal story of the sport, earning praise for it’s positive message for young teens, especially girls.

“It’s amazing to think that youngsters who were 13 when the book came out are 20 today!” said author Grant Overstake.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon has stood the test of time as a story that defines grit and perseverance, which is what this great sport is all about.”

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the magical story of Maggie Steele, a gritty Kansas farm girl who rebounds after tragedy and reaches new heights as a pole-vaulter. Kirkus Reviews calls it, “A fine young adult novel about perseverance in sports and in life.” The story also was voted the No. 1 Athlete Girl Book on Goodreads, and named national Book of the Week by Bookworks Publishers Weekly.

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Coach of the Year Recommends High-Flying ‘Maggie’

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As track and field athletes prepare for regional and state championships, a national high school track coach of the year recommends the young adult novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon, to help inspire them on their personal quest for greatness.

National Coach of the Year Dennis Bolt recommends 'Maggie'

Coach Bolt recommends ‘Maggie’

Dennis Bolt has coached at Hillsboro (KS) High School for 25 years. And during that time, hundreds of his athletes have qualified for the state track meet, including 36 state champions! Bolt’s boys’ teams have won three class 3A team titles, and his girls’ teams have won two team titles.

In recognition, Bolt was honored as the National Federation Boys Coach of the Year in 2004.

Endorsement review from Coach Dennis Bolt:

“Whether a coach or athlete, you know that sport exemplifies the trials of life.

“Only through hard work and dedication can you receive an opportunity to achieve greatness when the opportunity arises. Maggie Vaults Over the Moon by Grant Overstake exemplifies how a young person finds strength and inspiration after experiencing a great personal loss. Continue reading


Maggie Cheers Athletes to State Meet Gold

See_you_over_the_moonThousands athletes in the Sunflower State are on a quest to compete in the 2014 Kansas State Track and Field Championships, to be held May 30-31 at Wichita’s Cessna Stadium.

Cheering them on is storybook track star Maggie Steele, a gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, Kan.

‘Maggie Vaults Over the Moon’ captures a farm girl’s quest to qualify for the Kansas Track and Field Championships. With more than 3,000 athletes and 20,000 spectators, it is the largest track meet.

The high school heroine’s rise over tragedy and an ever-rising pole-vault crossbar is captured in the novel,  Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

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Grant Overstake’s novel earned praise from track historian Carol Swenson.

According to author Grant Overstake, the story is a tribute to the thousands of real-life Kansas athletes striving to qualify for the State Meet, as they have for more than 100 years.

“Maggie Steele represents every Kansas high school athlete who is doing all they can every day to make it to State in any sport,” Overstake said. “It will inspire anyone who dreams of becoming a champion.” Continue reading


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‘Maggie’ Shines at Kansas Board of Education

TOPEKA, Kan. (Nov. 12, 2013) — Maggie Steele, the gutsy farm girl from Grain Valley, shared the limelight at the Kansas State Board of Education meeting when Gary coversmallMusselman, Executive Director of the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA), recognized Maggie Vaults Over the Moon during his annual report to the board.

Maggie Vaults Over the Moon is the story of a courageous teen who finds the strength to overcome tragedy and rise to new heights as a pole-vaulter. The young adult novel, suitable for 4th graders and up, has been endorsed by US Olympians, coaches, counselors, and many others — including KSHSAA — who recommend the book’s inspiring message for young people. Continue reading


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Williams and Yeomans Vault ‘Maggie’ to the Top of the World!

With a caption reading, Grant Overstake's brilliant pole vaulting novel inspires Allan Williams and Sue Yeomans to Gold medal winning performances at The World Masters Championships in Porto Alegre, Brazil, he posted this wonderful photo on his Facebook page.

Champions Allan Williams and Sue Yeomans with ‘Maggie’ at the World Masters Championships.

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (Oct. 25) — Storybook heroine Maggie Steele received a huge honor at the World Masters Track and Field Championships, when two gold medal winning pole-vaulters — Allan Williams and Sue Yeomans of Great Britain — paid a special tribute to Maggie Vaults Over the Moon.

Speaking for the characters in the fictional community where the story is set, Overstake said, “We’re all teary eyed here in Grain Valley, Kansas. What a wonderful and thoughtful tribute. It’s just super, super great!” Continue reading


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Maggie Inspires Costumed Competitors at Heights on Halloween Vault

Front row, from left: Wyatt Fuehrer, David Laperle, Vytas Kriavinuas, Zack Czerwick, Rhyan Anders, Conner Mcgovern, Kyle Mackey, Allison Ward, Cyrena Sharp, Erika Pyle. Back row: Kim Jackson, Sandra Brown, Dallas Miller, Amber Blackmore, Sam Wagner, Brianna Blackmore, Jordan Cullison, Abby Clark. Standing, from left: Coaches Joe Heron and Derek Cullison.

Heights on Halloween vaulters: (Front row, from left:) Wyatt Fuehrer, David Laperle, Vytas Kriavinuas, Zack Czerwick, Rhyan Anders, Conner McGovern, Kyle Mackey, Allison Ward, Cyrena Sharp, and Erika Pyle. (Back row:) Kim Jackson, Sandra Brown, Dallas Miller, Amber Blackmore, Sam Wagner, Brianna Blackmore, Jordan Cullison, and Abby Clark. (Standing, from left:) Coaches Joe Heron and Derek Cullison.

A happy hoard of costumed athletes — including one tiny little dude dressed as Batman — ran down a pumpkin-lined runway and sailed over spider-infested crossbars on Sunday, Oct. 13th, at the mega-awesome Heights on Halloween vault.

The event, co-sponsored by DC Athletics and Elite Pole Vault, was held in Danville, Indiana, about 30 minutes west of Indianapolis.

Logo2After a week’s delay due to poor weather, twenty-two vaulters ranging from tiny-tot to master’s made the best of a beautiful autumn day in Indiana.

It was an unforgettable experience for storybook heroine Maggie Steele, who’d never visited the Hoosier State or experienced a Halloween vault before. The inspirational novel Maggie Vaults Over the Moon was presented to several top finishers at the event.

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Holy Halloween, Batman! Coach Cullison’s nephew Rayden White, equipped with a special bat pole, attempts a huge vault.

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After soaring, Rayden remembers to wave to the crowd, just like Maggie!

Maggie was a huge inspiration to our vaulters during this years spook-tacular event,” said DC Athletics Coach Derek Cullison. Continue reading


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Maggie Soars to Sunny California for Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault

'Maggie' will share the sun-drenched awards stand with costumed vaulters like these at the Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault Saturday, Oct. 26th in beautiful Murrieta, Calif. (Hey! Where's Waldo?)

‘Maggie’ will share the awards stand with superheroes at the Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault Saturday, Oct. 26th in Murrieta, Calif. (Hey! Where’s Waldo?)

Storybook heroine Maggie Steele is winging her way West for the fourth annual Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault this weekend in beautiful Murrieta, California.

The event, sponsored by the Valley Vaulters pole-vault club will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26th at Murrieta Valley High School.

Maggie is eager to join the Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault on Saturday, Oct. 26th in sunny Murrieta, California.

Look for spooky characters at the Valley Vaulters Halloween Vault Saturday.

It promises to be an awesome experience for Maggie, who’ll share the sun-drenched awards stand with some of the Golden State’s most talented young athletes.

Copies of the inspiring novel, Maggie Vaults Over the Moon will be presented to the top finishers in the fun-filled event. Continue reading


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Maggie Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Olympic Greats and Future Greats at Doctoberfest 2013!

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Bell Athletics’ Kayla Caldwell won the female division of Doctoberfest 2013.

JAMESTOWN, Kan. — Storybook pole-vaulter Maggie Steele celebrated her first anniversary in the company of a former world-record holder, Olympians, and Olympic hopefuls at Doctoberfest 2013 on Saturday, Oct. 5th.

The eighth annual event at the Tailwind Pole Vault Club featured many high-flying professional, collegiate, and high school athletes who rocketed toward the rafters in this converted basketball gym, which now is considered a kind of Field of Dreams for pole-vaulting here in the northernmost part of the central Kansas prairie.

(Click here to view all Doctoberfest 2013 photos).

Doctoberfest was an opportunity for Tailwind Pole Vault Club members to watch, dream, and soar.

Doctoberfest was an opportunity for Tailwind members to watch, dream, and soar.

Among nearly 60 athletes who charged down the rubberized runway Saturday, the biggest thrills were provided by the youngest vaulters, future greats such as Kendall Reynolds and Zoe Bechard, a pair of 10-year-olds from nearby Concordia, Kan., who reminded everyone in attendance that having lots of fun is what vaulting at Tailwind is all about. Continue reading


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‘Fearless Maggie’ Invited to ‘Heights on Halloween’ Vault Spook-tacular

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A cabal of costume-clad athletes will run through the woods on a pumpkin-lined runway and sail over spider-infested crossbars on Sunday, Oct. 6th, at the Heights on Halloween vault in Danville, Ind.

Pole-vaulting looks like a pretty scary sport. And, for those who haven’t been properly coached, it really can be dangerous.

Truth is, every pole-vaulter must learn to overcome his or her fears.

When they do, running down the runway and soaring over crossbars is lots of fun — even more fun while wearing a Halloween costume!

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Heights on Halloween is an extravaganza Maggie doesn’t want to miss.

A brave cabal of costume-clad athletes will be running through the woods on a pumpkin-lined runway and sailing over spider-infested crossbars on Sunday, Oct. 6th, at the Heights on Halloween vault.

The event, co-sponsored by DC Athletics and Elite Pole Vault, will be held in Danville, Ind., about 30 minutes west of Indianapolis.

'Maggie' is endorsed by the Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).

‘Maggie’ is endorsed by the Kansas High School Activities Association (KSHSAA).

It promises to be a spook-tacular experience for storybook heroine Maggie Steele, who has never vaulted in a Halloween costume before.

“Heights on Halloween is an extravaganza Maggie doesn’t want to miss,” said author Grant Overstake. “She hasn’t decided what costume she’s going to wear yet, but it will be very spooky, I’m sure.” Continue reading